Justin Miller (Defense Council ‘17) and Edgar Rodriguez (Defense Council '17) - Chapter Co-Directors


OUR PEOPLE: The Florida Chapter of Truman National Security Project has 31 total members from 2009-2018. The total membership is currently 74% Partners, 23% DefCon, and 3% Fellows. Our members work across many sectors, including consulting, nonprofit management, business, entrepreneurship, law, politics, government and education. Truman Project is a 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit organization.


5/18/18, Sun Sentinel, Trump's Iran deal decision brings us closer to war, by Ricardo Rangel, Truman Political Partner

3/5/18, Cosmopolitan, These Women Candidates Could Make History in 2018, featuring Gina Ortiz Jones, Defense Council Member,  Fayrouz Saad, Truman Political Partner, Lauren Baer, Truman Security Fellow, and Alexandra Chandler, Defense Council Member

6/7/17, The Daytona Beach News Journal, Decision to exit Paris Agreement has political, military repercussions, by Diane Maye, Truman Defense Council




Truman National Security Project is a member-based organization. Our members enter our community through one of three paths: the Defense Council, the Political Partnership, or the Security Fellowship. All three cohorts follow the same first year training programs, which lead to the same goal: full Truman membership. Each cohort is full of skilled, passionate leaders who share a commitment to public service and a strong interest in national security. The main difference between the cohorts lies in the particular background and experience of each member. A community of equals, each cohort significantly contributes to Truman Project, the national security conversation, and the larger realm of public service.  

Fellows are policy experts, academics, and other thought leaders who anticipate and articulate new global challenges and opportunities. Many work within the U.S. national security apparatus and legislative bodies, as well as the international community and an expansive network of nongovernmental and private organizations.

Partners are political leaders, advocates, communicators, journalists, and aspiring or actively serving public officials. Fluent in campaign management, media, journalism, organizing, and more, they advance progressive principles and a shared liberal internationalist worldview at all levels of civil society.

Members of the Defense Council include veterans and frontline civilians who have firsthand experience implementing U.S. foreign policy. They have wide-ranging expertise in hard security and an ongoing professional interest in defense and intelligence operations as they continue to serve in government, business, policy, and nonprofit ventures.